Why should I Volunteer and what are the Benefits?
The Girls Softball League of Westfield seeks volunteers to coach recreational teams from K-8. If your daughter has signed up, you should considering volunteering to be a coach or an assistant coach. Volunteering to coach youth sports is a simple and fun way to impact the children in your community. While having experience playing softball is helpful, you need not be an “expert” to coach softball. Like everything in life, it takes time to learn, find your voice, develop a style, and earn the trust and respect of the parents and players.
There are so many benefits to coaching your child’s team. We understand that you may not know that much about softball and that you have busy schedules, or that you may not feel comfortable in the role of a coach. You should not let your lack of sports experience stop you from saying “yes” to this coaching opportunity. GSLW offers instructional materials and clinics for coaches. You will take the Rutgers Safety Clinic and that will provide you with many coaching tips. Depending on your child’s age, you may find that you don’t need to know quite as much as you think, and this is also true if you're signing up to be an assistant. It can truly be amazing for your children if you get involved in their activities, but they are not the only ones who benefit. Based on the GSLW Board’s collective experience, we can say with certainty that coaches gain a great deal from their experience with sports leadership.
There are numerous reasons to volunteer, but we will only set forth a few:
If you are not interested in coaching or assisting, maybe you want to volunteer as the team manager or team parent, you can coordinate snacks after the game or volunteer for the GSLW parade. There are many opportunities for everyone to participate. You can register as a volunteer now or reach out to any Board Member to discuss what option works for you.